Sagehens Settle For Opening Day Tie With Colorado College

Sagehens Settle For Opening Day Tie With Colorado College

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team struck for two quick goals in the first half, but Colorado College answered with two quick goals in the second half, as the teams played to a 2-2 tie in Pomona-Pitzer's season opener on Friday afternoon. 

Colorado College, which won its opener before heading to California, moves to 1-0-1 on the season, while the Sagehens open the year at 0-0-1. 

Junior forward Voja Maric (pictured) set up the first goal by being fouled in the penalty area (before junior midfielder Jk Gopakumar buried the penalty kick) and then scored the second goal to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead at the 24:12 mark of the first half.

The lead held until Colorado College scored twice in quick succession early in the second half. Connor Rademacher converted a penalty kick at the 57th minute, and less than a minute later, Max Grossenbacher scored on a through ball from Robert Malone to level the score at 2-2. 

The Tigers had the better of play in the second half, outshooting the Sagehens 10-1, while sophomore Ben Mitchell had five of his eight saves in the second stanza to prevent the Tigers from earning a comeback win. Pomona-Pitzer regrouped in the overtime, though, and had a couple of quality chances, with senior Mark Raftrey having the best one denied by a save from Theo Hooker. 

"I thought we showed some resiliency today," said Head Coach Bill Swartz, "but not enough strength on the ball. "Our passing overall was poorer than we would like, but it was our first game and we'll have a chance to get better on Sunday."

The Sagehens will be back in action on Sunday when they host Oberlin for a 4 p.m. contest before beginning the SCIAC season with a road contest at Redlands on Wednesday. That will be a rematch of last year's conference title contest, which Pomona-Pitzer won 1-0 to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.